(Closed) Are you doing a first glance?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Are you doing a first glance?


    No. The first time he will see me is when I walk down the aisle.



  • Post # 17
    1304 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    DH didn’t want to and I didn’t press the subject.

    Post # 18
    9120 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We want more time to hang out with friends and family right after the ceremony, so we’re doing it as a way to get the couple portraits out of the way early!  We’re not super traditional and don’t have strong opinions on seeing each other at the ceremony for the first time.  Plus, seeing a lot of first look pictures online made me realize how sweet they are. 

    Post # 19
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I am SO glad we did. I would have been a huge mess walking down the aisle- I was still nervous/excited, but I was pulled together. We had almost 3 hours of photography together before the wedding, and they’re some of the best of the night.

    Our first look was private- just the photographer. My Mom stayed around the corner to give us privacy, and we had time to admire/talk to each other, which wouldn’t have happened at the altar. It only added to our wedding day overall.

    Post # 21
    1152 posts
    Bumble bee

    We are planning on doing it, and our formals along with it before the ceremony. For these reasons:

    • Better photography options – hard to get the perfect angle, or capture both faces, when the photographer is restricted in the ceremony aisle
    • We feel like it’ll help us bond before the ceremony – we’ll both be nervous and can have some fun together
    • I’ve always loved first look photos – so intimate and beautiful
    • Seriously, he’s still going to be blown away when you walk down the aisle. He’s not gonna be like “yeah I’ve seen that before.”
    • Better time logistics – easier to do family/bridal party pics afterwards
    • Quicker exit to the reception, more time with friends and family
    • More time for the formals – don’t feel rushed
    • The old tradition is just an arranged marriage thing any way, so the bride or groom wouldn’t run off before the knot was tied!

    Post # 22
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    He’s not seeing me before I walk down the isle.  Partly tradition.  Partly because I’m not very girly and he’ll see me for the first time (outside of old pics) in a dress walking to him. 🙂  Also he really enjoys suprises and this is practically the ultimate suprise. 🙂

    Post # 23
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My Fiance is against it. I mentioned it super casually and straight away, the man with no opinion had a firm ‘no way’

    Post # 24
    257 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I really want to see his reaction to me. I really think by the time they open the doors, I look past the sea of people in front of me and finally find his face, he will already have had that first initial reaction and I’ll miss it. I don’t want to miss it!! So yes, we are doing a first look.

    Plus it will be calming for both of us and we are both emotional and it will give us time for some of our more personal pictures before the ceremony. We aren’t doing bridal party pictures before, just shots of he and I

    Post # 26
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    we talked about doing it because we didn’t want to miss our cocktail hour for photos but instead we just exchanged vows around a corner.  

    Post # 27
    343 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Yep, and I am so excited for it!

    we want to spend as much time with our guests as possible so will do a majority of pics before the ceremony.. and I want to enjoy his reaction to seeing me the first time — not be watching where I’m walking! (I’m a klutz..)

    Post # 28
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We’re doing a first look – half so that we can get some pictures when the lighting is nice (the sun sets very soon after our ceremony), and half because we are ALWAYS together, so it feels odd to not have a bit of alone time on our wedding day. I can’t wait, I think it will be amazing to have a few minutes alone, without our families and friends talking to us and stealing our attention haha. I am looking forward to getting all of the formal portraits out of the way before the ceremony, so we can enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests! My mom told me she and my dad spent an hour and a half after their ceremony taking pictures, and she wished she had spent more time with her guests, especially family that flew in from out-of-town.

    Post # 30
    9791 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We are…I wouldn’t mind not doing it necessarily BUT that’s overruled by the fact that I’d much rather get a lot of awesome bridal party photos and pictures of us at some outside locations out of the way instead of worrying about it after the ceremony.  I’d rather relax after the ceremony than have to worry about taking photos.

    Since we are having ceremony and reception in the same place, I couldn’t have more than an hour for cocktail hour before we’d have to be back.  Not enough time for me to get the photos I want…so I am planning to have all pictures done before the ceremony.

    I probably will take some more afterwards, but I won’t have to feel rushed or that I there are photos I am missing.

    Post # 31
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yes, we are. But mainly just for logistical purposes. I hate it when there is a HUGE gap between the ceremony & reception, and taking the pictures beforehand just makes it easier for everyone.

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